How to Add SEO Optimized Images to WordPress 3.6.1 Blog Posts and Pages

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How to Optimize the Images

Please watch the WordPress Video Tutorial below to get more details than what you will find in this short checklist on the best way and easiest way to optimize your images for WordPress blog posts and pages.

Here’s the checklist:

  1. Optimize the File Name.
  2. Optimize the Alt Tags
  3. Reduce file size.

It really is about as easy as 1, 2, 3.   However, please watch the video tutorial I created below on optimizing images for WordPress.   It’s so much easier to learn when someone just shows you all the details.

In the following WordPress Video Tutorial, I show you how to add SEO-Optimized images to your WordPress blog posts and pages — the easy way!

Now Watch the Video Tutorial

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Here’s my real inspiration for this video tutorial!  You must click on the link below to the article on the blog.   It really gives you some very important details on exactly how to name your image files and what exactly to put in your “alt” tags!

Here’s that outstanding resource from with more details on how to add seo optimized images to your WordPress posts and pages.

How to Resize Images for better SEO?

If you are using a PC you can download a FREE and Easy-to-Use image editor called Paint.NET.   Check out my blog post and video tutorial on how to use Paint.NET.

And this site lets you edit image sizes right over the web.  No need to download anything!

How to Resize Images on a Mac

Where to get the FREE Images!

Check out my blog post with links to some respectable places to get Free images for your blog posts and pages!

Please Comment and Share!

Please let me know how many of these tips and tricks you already apply to images that you add to your WordPress blog posts and pages.

Can you recommend any other sites for free images, or image resizing, or image optimization?

And please let me know if you found this video helpful!

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46 comments… add one
  • Shelley Alexander Sep 22, 2013, 4:26 pm

    Hi Jim, Great tutorial on optimizing your images! I use a lot of images on my food blog so this info will really help me. I do put image names for my pictures but I need to check some of the sizes of the images and add alt text if I don’t have it.

    • jupiterjim Sep 27, 2013, 5:47 am


      Yes, you have a lot of beautiful pics. Going forward, you should definitely follow the steps outlined in this video. It’s really important since you’re in a very competitive field.

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Robert A Sep 23, 2013, 5:24 am

    I’m doing everything what you say in video, sometimes I add link on image if it’s important. Some people forget on dimensions, specially if there are a lot of images. For SEO is very important if your site speed is high.(not just for seo, for users too). And thx for picresize tool, I do resize and rename with IrfanView:)

  • Silviu Sep 25, 2013, 7:29 am

    Hi Jim,

    What is a reasonable size for a picture in a post? You uploaded a 278 Kb picture. I always try to make my pictures no more than 20 KB. It was kind of shocking to see someone uploading a 278 Kb picture.
    I didn’t know the name of the file is important, too.
    There is one thing I didn’t understand: the Link to feature.
    You said ” in 99% of the cases choose None”. Why?Why is it so important to choose None?

    Have a wonderful day

    • jupiterjim Sep 27, 2013, 5:46 am


      It’s annoying to choose none because it’s Annoying to visitors to click on an image and end up on a page with the exact same image. It’s a complete waste of time.

      I guess I should get my image size smaller if I see that it’s slowing down page load speed.

      However, please keep in mind that this video was already 10 minutes too long. I did NOT want to make this video or blog post about optimizing image size and download speed. I just wanted to mention the fact that size and speed are things they should look at and make sure that the do NOT use images directly from their digital camera.

      Thanks for commenting!

  • William Earl Amis, Jr. III Sep 25, 2013, 1:11 pm

    This is information that we can use daily. Yet, I only create videos for my YouTube channel and email videos.

    Keeping my blog free and having a “Clean Blog” is better for my readers. I know most people love videos on their blogs saves them the effort of putting time into writing usable stuff.

    I love videos when I watch them on YouTube yet when people place them on their blogs loaded with all those pop-ups and sales stuff I find it difficult to find anything useful? I love to read and believe most people are forgetting how to write and read.

    I love your tutorial and found it very useful as in the SEO world and sharing setup for sites.

    Thank you Jupiter Jim being one of our top educators globally with class! You are truly amazing and that I love about you.

  • Helena Sep 26, 2013, 10:38 am

    Hi Jim, thanks for the post, videos, and link to Madlemmings. Ah, I finally get to hear what you sound like 🙂

    I do most of these things already but I didn’t know that Google preferred hyphen over underscore in file names. Something new learnt, which is great!

    Thanks again Jim!

    • jupiterjim Sep 27, 2013, 5:40 am


      Yes, I still need to hear what you sound like, too! LOL It is interesting to note that hyphens are better than underscores. I am glad that you noticed that because every little thing is important in SEO! Thanks for dropping by!

  • Tom Jamieson Sep 26, 2013, 2:32 pm

    Great tutorial here, Jim. This is an extremely important aspect of on page SEO and one that most bloggers too often overlook. Glad to see I am doing it right.

  • jupiterjim Sep 27, 2013, 5:49 am


    Thanks for dropping by. You are so correct. That’s exactly why I wanted to shoot this video, because it’s a common problem amongst bloggers because no one ever took the time to tell them!

  • Julieanne van Zyl Sep 27, 2013, 6:36 am

    Great post Jim, it’s amazing how many images there are on the web which aren’t optimized, and have completely meaningless names. What I find strange is all the product descriptions on shop sites – if only they used meaningful names, their products would show up on google images. People would click on them, and many would buy!

    • jupiterjim Sep 27, 2013, 8:15 am


      I just read your last blog post on creating a blog for MLM and loved it. Tons of good stuff that needs to be done and you listed it all! And I never realized that there were e-commerce sites that were NOT optimizing their images. That’s very sad, but a great observation on your part! Having completely meaningless names definitely does NOT help the SEO of product images and pages!

  • Ryan Biddulph Sep 27, 2013, 7:35 am

    Hi Jupiter Jim,

    Great tutorial! I optimize my images on the image name front; need to get my alt tags and resize game up to snuff 😉

    Thanks again and as you said, with all the competition out there you need a way to stand out!


    • jupiterjim Sep 27, 2013, 8:12 am


      Thanks for the comment. I love your blog posts and videos, too. Very helpful and motivational. And there’s always tons to do in terms of SEO until you set up a little system for yourself. Good luck with your images in the future!

  • Helena Sep 27, 2013, 5:47 pm

    Hey Jim, you are so right. Every little bit counts. Especially if they are EASY-to-do little bits! LOL!

    I don’t have many videos. I don’t quite know my way around videos and YouTube well. But I do have one where you can hear me. Be warned tho that it is kind of weird. It was late at night, I was tired, I was playing around with PhotoBooth and this weird story came out. So my “voice” is not my normal voice but you still kind of get to hear me… Nothing to do with internet/SEO/WP or anything relevant and you have been warned! 😉 .. {oops, won’t let me put YouTube url. oh well}

  • Chery Schmidt Sep 28, 2013, 12:00 pm

    Hey Jim! Wowsy what a great tutorial!! I haven’t done any of this stuff, I never knew to optimize my pics but I will need to go and watch your video again and this time I need to take some notes. Very Informative. Yeppers I learn something new every time I am here. Thanks for all you do Jim.. Chery 🙂

  • Yorinda Sep 28, 2013, 4:52 pm

    Hi Jim,
    thank you so much for the great tutorial and all the extra information.
    So, with the image url I could link it to a blog post if the image relates to another post as well?
    One site I use at times for free images is the ‘Creative Commons’ on Flickr.
    The video for resizing images on a Mac is very handy since I have a friend that can use it.
    For resizing images I either use GIMP or the Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

  • Leslie Denning Sep 28, 2013, 7:20 pm

    Hi Jim. I am so happy I found this post. I use lots of images on my blog, and I appreciate the resources that you have provided. You are so knowledgeable about WordPress. I learn something useful every time I come here.

    All the best,

  • Cherrie Bautista Sep 28, 2013, 9:09 pm

    I have known about the alt tags before and I have used them to put in keywords from time to time, but not consistently since I’m too lazy to pay attention. Anyway, it’s good to know that google also put weight on the image’s size as well as the filename. I will keep this in mind the next time I write my post and have insert an image in there. Thanks, Jim!

  • Dr. Erica Goodstone Oct 3, 2013, 8:56 pm

    Jupiter Jim,

    Very useful video. I have begun to understand how to optimize my videos but I did not realize the importance of putting the title into the Alternative Text – for search engines. I did not realize I could click none for the video to not go somewhere else. And I did not realize I could just put the url link on the page in the media library. I thought I had to write my fancy html text to do that.
    Thanks for your clear and simple explanation.

    Dr. Erica

  • Orjiakor Oct 15, 2013, 8:03 pm

    This is very interesting and helpful SEO tutorial to many bloggers, especially newbies.
    Thanks, for sharing this useful information.

  • Ghautham Nov 3, 2013, 4:59 am

    Nice tutorial man, having your images optimized is always very necessary for SEO purpose. Thanks for sharing this with the BizSugar community.

    • jupiterjim Nov 4, 2013, 12:00 am

      Thanks for dropping by and your kind Words Ghautham!

  • Susan Velez Nov 25, 2013, 10:34 am


    Great video and information on how to optimize an image. I do most of the stuff in the video.

    However, I was unaware that Google prefers hyphens as opposed to underscores.

    I usually optimize mine with underscores. Guess I’ll need to start using hyphens.

    Thanks for the information and I hope you have a great day.

  • Suzanne Jan 9, 2014, 8:18 pm

    Thank you Jim. It’s amazing how long I’ve been using Wordpress and I did not know that I should name images and use alt tags. Thanks so much for the useful info!

    • jupiterjim Jan 11, 2014, 4:01 pm

      Suzanne, thanks for dropping by and commenting!

  • Nanda Rusmana Feb 21, 2014, 9:08 am

    thank you for sharing the tips, the tips I have always used and the results are good

  • joe arrigo Apr 2, 2014, 8:22 pm

    Checked some of my pictures, and they seem to be the sweet zone you’ve described here. Good to be aware of the importance to SEO. Thanks

    • jupiterjim Apr 5, 2014, 1:25 pm


      Glad you found my blog post and video helpful! Thanks for commenting!

  • Justin Bennett Apr 7, 2014, 10:05 am

    Good quality post and video. It reminded me to go back and double check my images, including the often overlooked file size. Now that Google is factoring in page load times, having small files is more important than ever when it comes to SEO.


  • Peter May 16, 2014, 2:05 am

    I knew bits and pieces about the images in wordpress as I apply them quite frequently. Thanks for the free images link, can’t wait to use them!

  • Manju Devi May 29, 2014, 2:37 am

    I am a new blogger and these day’s trying to become a successful blogger with my blog. Many times i feel demotivated and feel their is nothing more which i can do with my blog have your website niche. Then, i visit websites likes your and again start feeling that i have to do something and i start my work one more time.
    So, i kindly want to say thanks to you for writing such a beautiful article and keep doing this. As, it’s motivates many new bloggers like me.

  • Akanksha Mahshwari Jun 2, 2014, 1:56 am

    Thank you for providing such a clear cut, and important information about SEO images.I was struggling with this but now I won’t probably because I didn’t know it is that easy.

  • satpreet singh Jun 26, 2014, 5:13 am

    really a awesome video and tutorial.thanks for sharing the video.

  • corey lewis Jul 28, 2014, 12:12 pm

    Good read. I’ve been trying to get or gain more exposure for my website using pretty much all the white hat tactics that i could learn about. Its tough for a newbie like myself so i appreciate every post i can find like this one…

  • shantanu Aug 6, 2014, 8:22 am

    useful article, i also use wordpress for blogging

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  • Frank Aug 28, 2014, 7:07 am

    There are many aspect to seo, from the word on your page to the way other sites link to you on the web. I like your post thanks for the sharing these post.

  • Jraif Sep 26, 2014, 1:43 pm

    thanks for a good suggestions and tips for optimization images in word press. You give some good points and specially videos help a lot.i have facing some difficulties with this and find a helpful suggestion in your post. so i really appreciate your work..

    • jupiterjim Oct 26, 2014, 11:34 am

      Well you guys are the experts at SEO!

  • jupiterjim Oct 26, 2014, 12:28 pm


  • Tot Dental Nov 4, 2014, 10:27 am

    A very interesting article.
    The importance of the images is a part of all that certainly should care.
    All images must have a description for search engines and these images must describe or relate to the content.
    The size of the negative impact if these images are very large.
    Long load equals bad results.
    It is very important to optimize the images.

  • Neha Singh Dec 5, 2014, 5:27 am


    What a awesome tutorial on How to Add SEO Optimized Images to WordPress 3.6.1 Blog Posts and Pages. There are many webmasters who share this kind of tutorial but don’t share in a good manner. They make things complicated. I love your style how you shared everything in a good manner.

    Keep up your good work.

    Neha Singh

  • Chris Kish May 5, 2015, 11:00 am

    Hey Jim – i have been wondering what the alt text in an image really meant. You explained it great and also discussing the file size as it relates to load time and Google.

    • jupiterjim May 9, 2015, 3:43 pm

      Thanks for the feedback! Nice site and video you got there in Staten Island! Drop by anytime! Like your new gravatar!

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